When Shatila Abu Iyadh set out two weeks ago to murder Jews in Rosh Ha’ayin, she was acting on orders she had received – in a dream.
The 22-year-old Kfar Qassem resident was indicted on Sunday on charges of attempted murder.
Two weeks ago, Abu Iyadh left her home in Kfar Qassem, and made her way to the nearby Afek industrial park, in between Rosh Ha’ayin and Kfar Qassem.
Armed with two knives, Abu Iyadh looked for potential targets as she walked down HaMelacha Street, eventually singling out 30-yearold Reut Weitzman, a mother of three from nearby Kfar Saba.
After stabbing Weitzman, Abu Iyadh was eventually neutralized and captured.
A day after the attack, Abu Iyadh’s family denied the incident was terrorism.
Her knives, Abu Iyadh’s mother claimed, “were for making salad”.
“She’s dieting. She always carries fruit and a knife with her in her bag to make salads.”
Abu Iyadh’s family suggested that she may have been attacked or insulted, resulting in the incident.
According to today’s indictment, however, Abu Iyadh’s motives were clear – and set far in advance of her attack.
Abu Iyadh reportedly had dreamed of the Islamic prophet Muhammed prior to her terror attack. The dream apparently inspired her to become more religiously observant.
Her vision of Muhammed also convinced her, however, of the need to kill Jews.
As part of her newfound religious zeal, Abu Iyadh began planning a series of lone-wolf terror attacks against Jews in the neighboring town of Rosh Ha’ayin.
In December 2015 Abu Iyadh learned on the internet to construct a crude explosives device. She purchased materials for the bomb, including screws to act as shrapnel. According to her plan, the bomb would be placed in one of the restaurants in the Afek industrial park and detonated around lunch time.
The suspect even scouted out the restaurants to determine what security precautions were taken.
After she failed to construct the bomb, however, Abu Iyadh reached out to an arms dealer in an attempt to acquire an automatic firearm. When she was unable to secure an automatic weapon, Abu Iyadh settled on a stabbing attack.
On April 3rd she set out for Afek industrial park, and at approximately 1:00 p.m., found her target. While she had intended to kill Weitzman, her victim resisted, and Abu Iyadh managed only to stab her in the left arm, lightly wounding her.